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17th March 1917 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day



17th March 1917

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers move forward   The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers move forward, encountering no opposition due to the beginning of German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line.

  • Change of Command   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Capt R A Corsan MC A236 Battery appointed to command B236 Battery with effect from 16th inst in place of Major Gordon DSO.

    War Diaries


  • HMS Mignonette sunk by a mine   HMS Mignonette, was a British sloop of 1250 tons. On 17th March 1917 HMS Mignonette was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-66 (Herbert Pustkuchen) off the southwest coast of Ireland.

  • 17th March 1917 Ongoing Railway work

  • 17th March 1917 Horse casting inspection

  • 17th Mar 1917 Training

  • 17th Mar 1917 Trench Raid

  • 17th Mar 1917 Into Billets

  • 17th Mar 1917 Training

  • 17th Mar 1917 Sudden Orders

  • 17th of March 1917 New Locations





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Joseph Clark Beedie. East Kent Buffs 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Ldg Seaman. John Marrack Blewett. SS Alnwick Castle
  • Engine Room Artificer Richard Wilson Bruce. HMS Mignonette Read their Story.
  • Fourth Mate Gordon Winsland Davey. SS Alnwick Castle
  • Pte. Frederick Gilbert Billings Tambling. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt. Harold Richard Taylor. Surrey Yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment) attd. 77th Coy. Machine Gun Corps Read their Story.

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